Mixed-Feed Direct Methanol Fuel Cell

Award Information
Agency:
Department of Defense
Branch
Army
Amount:
$120,000.00
Award Year:
2004
Program:
SBIR
Phase:
Phase I
Contract:
W911NF-04-C-0021
Award Id:
68123
Agency Tracking Number:
A032-3447
Solicitation Year:
n/a
Solicitation Topic Code:
n/a
Solicitation Number:
n/a
Small Business Information
P. O. Box 6191, Haverhill, MA, 01831
Hubzone Owned:
N
Minority Owned:
N
Woman Owned:
N
Duns:
926385105
Principal Investigator:
Arthur Kaufman
Chief Technical Officer
(973) 325-1504
artkman99@msn.com
Business Contact:
H. Gibbard
President
(603) 679-1590
fgibbard@earthlink.net
Research Institute:
n/a
Abstract
The Army's need for high energy-density, lightweight power sources gives incentive to the search for creative fuel cell concepts and approaches that can potentially reduce size, weight, and complexity. Success in such efforts would certainly have significant spin-off opportunities in the commercial sector, such as in medical devices, computer hardware, and recreational needs. The mixed reactant feed approach in direct-methanol fuel cells has attractive potential in light of the fact that it could reduce size and weight associated with fluid delivery devices, manifolding, and sealing. The proposed project is intended to explore the cell/stack and system design opportunities associated with mixed-feed, with the objective of laying the groundwork for substantial improvement in size and weight parameters for the system power and energy required. The overall technical goal is to meet the Army's size and weight requirements for a 20-watt, 1-kWh power source during Phase II. The objectives of the project are: a) to identify and deploy selective cathode catalysts/electrodes that demonstrate enhanced activity/performance in methanol-air mixed-feed fuel cell stacks and b) to investigate, optimize, and implement a novel stack design concept that yields substantially reduced size and weight in relation to those of conventional DMFC stacks

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